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Old 09-19-2012, 07:12 PM   #15
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Couldn't remember which meter I have. Quick run to the AS and here it is. It is a King Controls SL1000 SureLock digital TV Signal Meter. Cost about $40. Just remember to turn it off once you have aligned the antenna or the battery dies pretty quickly.

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Old 09-19-2012, 09:03 PM   #16
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There's an app for that too - TV Antenna Helper Free for Android, or Antenna Helper for iphone. It shows you the direction, distance, and channel list of nearby stations.

Of course, needs cellular signal to provide you the information, so if you are going somewhere where there's no bars, look it up before you go. Or find a nearby bar :-)

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Old 09-30-2012, 03:00 PM   #17
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Thanks all for the advice! So it turned out to be two challenges for me.

One was indeed turning on the ampflifier in the antenna. Neighbors at the Trap Pond rally pointed out that the switch is actually next to a 12V power jack under the dinette table, next to the cable bypass box. After extending the antenna, I turned that on, green light indicator on.

Second challenge was the digital TV converter box that the previous owner had installed for reception. I made sure all cables were connected, then tried to bring up the menu on the TV set to channel 3. Turns out the remote had corroded battery terminals, which I scraped clean and inserted a new set of batteries. That allowed me to bring up the menu, did an auto-scan of channels, and VOILA! It saved a few dozen channels which I'm easily able to surf.

So thanks all again for the pointers!


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Old 09-30-2012, 03:54 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Airstream Dad
... Neighbors at the Trap Pond rally pointed out that the switch is actually next to a 12V power jack under the dinette table, next to the cable bypass box. ...
Maybe if we issued a challenge to those boys in JC, they might find a really good place to hide it! Glad to hear you had success. Just remember, those channels you stored are good for your current location. Whenever you relocate, you will need to repoint the antenna and run a new scan.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:45 PM   #19
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In the past, one of my favorite things about camping was freedom from the television.

When I got my trailer I removed the television antenna as a possible leak source. When I loosened the base I discovered that the lead wire was severed right at the point where it entered the trailer body. Only the Vulkem was holding the wire from flying loose.

I saved the antenna in case the next owner wants it, but my plan was/is to use a portable Direct TV dish.


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